In November 2015, the deadly terrorist attack on Paris had Muslims jumping on Twitter to condemn those they supposedly shared a religious identity with. Tweets trending under #NotInMyName declared that Islam and ISIS were not on the same page.
Young Britain is taking to the platform to do the same. The conversation reflects sentiments similar to those expressed after the Paris attacks: too much hate, lack of opportunity and living with an identity you don’t fully agree with.
The outcome of the UK’s referendum may result in doors to the UK closing for immigrants. London, where only five out of 33 boroughs voted leave, felt so strongly that residents pleaded for the city’s independence so they could rejoin the EU. Brits who don’t agree with the choice to leave the EU are using the hashtag to express disappointment for possibly ousting fellow Europeans.
The worst part? Some of the leave voters woke up regretting their decision to vote leave. About 52% of Britain voted to break away from the EU, with 64% of those between 18 and 24 years old voting to remain.
The vote is pitting two generations against one another. Younger voters are using #NotInMyName to stress that 20-somethings do not stand by the June 24 decision.
However, some older people are using Twitter to state that they voted to remain:
Others just want to run away from the ensuing chaos.